In Lovelace, Amanda Seyfried plays Linda Lovelace, the 1970s adult-film star of Deep Throat who later became an outspoken critic of the porn industry and claimed that her husband (played by Peter Sarsgaard) had abused her and forced her into the business. As a character, Lovelace was a daring challenge, but the 27-year-old Seyfried was looking to tackle something more mature and emotionally complex. Her family supported her decision to portray Lovelace, who died from injuries caused by a 2002 car accident. “My whole family read her books, and my father is like a big movie buff,” Seyfried said at January’s Sundance Film Festival, where the movie premiered. “He read the book and he cried. He told me, ‘You’ve got to do this. You’ve got to be her voice. You are the only person that can do this for her. And she needs you to do it well.’ My dad made me believe that it was really was my job and I had to go in full-speed ahead.”
This exclusive video clip (beware of profanity) depicts one version of Lovelace’s rise to fame, a sunny day on the set of her most iconic movie. Seyfried is girl-next-door innocent, and the movie’s producers, played by Bobby Cannavale and Chris Noth stop by to wish her luck.
Lovelace opens in theaters Aug. 9.